Kentuckiana Motorsports Presented by Lucas Oil
KENTUCKIANA MOTORSPORTS PRESENTED BY LUCAS OIL A big weekend for Tony Stewart--again! Kevin Harvick went back-to-back in the NASCAR Cup Series to claim his second 2022 win at Richmond. The victory puts him into a tie with Kyle Busch for 9th in the all-time win list. Harvick and Busch both have 60 (Harvick won last week at Michigan). Harvick racked up some nice playoffs points as well. Need to give a shout out to Chris Buescher who finished two spots behind Harvick at Richmond. He boldly try to get up to Harvick, and came close before his tires wore out. Christopher Bell finished second. This weekend the stars of NASCAR hit The Glen and the road course in New York. As for the NASCAR Cup points, Ryan Blaney would be the only one to make the playoffs "on points" if the post-season started today (15 drivers have won this season. 16 make the playoffs). He is 29 points above the cut line over Martin Truex Jr. This weekend, the road course at Watkins Glen, then the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona ends the regular season. There, anything can happen. Only 16 drivers get into the playoffs. If different drivers win the next two weeks that would be 17 winners in the Cup Series this year. Right now, the odd man out (With a win) would be Kurt Busch. He has the fewest playoff points. One reason Kurt has so few playoff points is his practice crash at Pocono a few weeks back. NASCAR has not cleared him to race because of concussion symptoms. He's missed 4 Cup races, but has a waiver to get into the playoff field because he won earlier this year. Until that incident at Pocono, the #45 Cup driver was having a steady year. However, even thought Kurt has the waiver, he badly needs playoff points to make sure he doesn't get bumped. Kurt Busch is a solid driver. We hope he gets back into his winning mode. NASCAR must protect drivers, and is attempting to do so, like the NFL. Another Stewart owned car won the legendary Knoxville Nationals in Sprint Car competition. The driver of the #15, Donny Schatz, charged late to claim his 11th overall win in this prestigious race in Iowa. It is Smoke's 12th overall championship as an "owner" with Sprint cars. That is second all-time behind Karl Kinser with 14 owner wins. The Knoxville Nationals is huge. One could compare it to the Daytona or Indy 500. Back to NASCAR, not the best weekend for Louisville's Ben Rhodes. The defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion finished 18th at Richmond. Chandler Smith took the victory. His third of the year, and now leads the points. For much of the regular season Rhodes was in the top 5 in points. He's fallen all the way back to 7th out of 10 playoff drivers. The bottom two drivers will be eliminated from the playoffs after the Kansas race on September 9th. Ben finished 10th there in the May race. Our advice to Ben, have fun. You are a champion. Be yourself. Don't worry about what does, or does not lie ahead. We've stated in recent weeks, be careful of the kids and school buses. School has reopened! So slow down, and be careful! There are two back-to-back mega weekends at the Sportsdrome Speedway. It is just off I-65 in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and about 5 minutes from downtown Louisville. This Saturday night, it is the World Figure 8 Tour Outlaws. This means non-stop action! Plus, about a half-dozen divisions are scheduled to race. Tickets are $5 to 17. Then Saturday August 27th, drivers will battle for points as the season ending championships draw closer. Even better, fans get to go on the track and get driver and team autographs and pictures! Always fun for the kids. Gates normally open just after 5:00 p.m. Check out the Sportsdrome Facebook page and website for changes, and special ticket discounts. You will see Lucas Oil signs at the Sportsdrome Speedway, Salem Speedway, and other area race tracks. We encourage you to use Lucas Oil Products. It Works! They can help extend life to your car, truck, or bus and provide better performance. We thank Lucas Oil as a huge longtime sponsor. Other backers: PNC Bank (Sponsor of Scott Dixon's Indy Car Series Car), Sportsdrome Speedway (Celebrating more than 75 years of Racing!) locally owned Bright Pest Control and Bright Retail in Louisville, (Offering Do-It-Yourself Professional Pest Products with a retail store), and Knox Ford in Radcliff (KY). KMS supporters also include: VoiceTel Kentucky (Offering telephone service for $30.00 a line, and that includes all taxes and fees), Temco Roofing, Andriots Paint, Flooring, & Blinds, ICA Dumpsters, Kentucky Raceway Ministries, St. Matthews Cycling, Nimlok Kentucky, Dynamic Healthcare, and Lyndon Mower Repair. We also thank our media connections in all series, especially NASCAR and with NASCAR Media for helping us bring the sport to the fans! Check out the new FREE Giveaway! Exciting Lucas Oil Driver autographs on our KMS Giveaway page! Enjoy the racing!